Like most industries, the film industry is slowly ramping up again, but the COVID-19 virus is still here. To help with gear sanitization, Cartoni launched a new product for rental houses that can disinfect film equipment in less than five minutes: the Cartoni UV-C Boxer.
Cartoni UV-C Boxer Features
Let’s start by saying that the Cartoni UV-C Boxer is mostly a product designed for rental houses or big production houses with external dimensions of 100 x 66 x 95cm/39.5 x 26 x 37.5 inches and a weight of 52kg/115lbs. The internal chamber is slightly smaller at 93 x 55 x 62cm/36.5 x 21.5 x 24 inches. You got it, it is big and heavy, even if there are four wheels with positive locks at the bottom.
Once you plug the Boxer to mains power (110/220V), a battery, or power bank – the operating tension is 24V – all you have to do is press the start button to illuminate the ten four watts UV-C medical-grade lamps that will clean your film equipment in less than five minutes. UV-C lamps work way below the visible wavelength spectrum (100-280nm) lamps. They have already been used for years in medical environments to neutralize any micro-organisms, germs, including COVID-19.
However, for maximum security, if the door of the Cartoni UV-C Boxer is not safely locked, the UV-C lamps will not activate. No matter where your equipment is inside the internal chamber, the 360° UV-C wavelength covers all surfaces, including the rack base.
Film Equipment Cleaning
Using the Cartoni UV-C Boxer to clean your expensive film equipment is a safe process that won’t damage your gear. UV-C lamps will not deteriorate electronic boards, electrical components, microphones, lenses, or filters. Of course, if you let your equipment for many, many hours under UV-C lamps, you’ll probably end up with plastic discoloration. But, with a five-minute timer on the Cartoni UV-C Boxer, you’ll be fine, and it will adequately disinfect all your gear.
Price and Availability
There is no word on pricing from Cartoni, but if you want to get more information or order it, you can contact Cartoni directly on their website. If you’re an independent filmmaker and want a more affordable solution, the team at LensRentals did a great guide to disinfect film equipment which you can read here.
What do you think about the Cartoni UV-C Boxer? What do you use to clean and sanitize your gear? How often do you disinfect your camera and lenses? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!